kengo kuma scatters hot spring hotel across sculpted rice terraces

an idyllic ryokan by kengo kuma


Hoshino Resorts celebrates the opening of its twentieth property, the KAI Yufuin hotel with architecture by Kengo Kuma. The project takes shape as a hot spring ryokan — a small inn of a traditional Japanese style — which overlooks an array of cascading rice terraces and Mount Yufu beyond. Describing the idyllic place, the group writes that the sculpted landscape has been ‘painted with nature’s brush.’


The concept is a celebration of its site in Oita Prefecture, an area commonly associated with its rice terraces and whose name is even derived from words